South Fork Farm!July 3rd, 2013 Malina
We here in our Lotus River Operations office (ie HQ for AO Rafting) have a new neighbor just up the road! South Fork Farm at Wakamatsu. This organic 10 acre farm is located on the historic site of the 19th century tea colony of Wakamatsu. Yes, that’s right, a tea colony during the Gold Rush. It didn’t last long but it’s pretty cool history.
Anyhow, a few years ago the good folks at the American River Conservancy bought the land and have transformed it into a living museum of sorts. The latest project is South Fork Farm, which offers a wide variety of local, organic, produce grown just up the road from us.
I admit it, a bunch of kale, rainbow radishes, and charantais melons have little–ok, absolutely nothing–to do with river rafting. But if you have an extra half hour after your South Fork Rafting trip this fall or summer head up the road (literally 5 minutes–I am a local and I would not lie to you) and stock up for dinner! On the weekends you can even get sourdough bread made in their wood-fired oven. Having already been by several times I can tell you South Fork Farm has beautiful and delicious produce–with some pretty unusual history to boot!
South Fork Farm is located at 941 Cold Springs Rd. From our South Fork meet spot turn left out of the parking lot and go down to the T at Hwy 49. Turn right and go through the park. Keep going straight up the hill which will get you onto Cold Springs Rd. (If you veer left you’ll still be on Hwy 49, which, though lovely, is not the right way). Continue on Cold Springs past the wineries and Gold Trail School and then look for South Fork Farm on the right. It’s right across from the large brown Wakamatsu barn in some of the prettiest gold country scenery you’ve ever seen.